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Differences Between Four-fold & Bi-fold Doors

Folding garage doors offer several
advantages over conventional systems in addition to giving the exterior of your
building a unique aesthetic. One of the main benefits of folding doors is that
they can permit easy entry and exit and optimize your space fully. There are
two different types of folding doors: four-fold and bi-fold

Bi-Fold Garage Doors

Bi-fold garage doors feature two
horizontal slats that fold outward and slide along a track as they open. When
opened, the doors are stacked at either side, resulting in a completely
unobstructed view in order to make the most of a space. The flexibility of
bi-fold doors can accommodate almost any requirement.

Bi-fold doors are available in a
variety of materials like wood, UPVC, and aluminum. Timber bi-fold doors are
particularly aesthetically pleasing, and aluminum bi-fold doors are a popular
choice for the modern homeowner. Also, you’ll find a multitude of color options
available!

Four-Fold Garage Doors

Compared to bi-fold doors, four-fold
garage doors feature two additional slats to cover a wider area. For this
reason, they are common in fire stations and mass transit facilities where
large trucks come and go on a regular basis. Because of their additional moving
components, four-fold garage doors typically require service more frequently than
bi-fold doors. Four-fold doors are designed for high speed, low maintenance,
and long-term durability. These doors move horizontally instead of vertically,
which makes the door visible throughout the opening motion and can allow
drivers to know the precise second the doorway is clear to exit.

Both four-fold
and bi-fold doors
are ideal for
fire stations, emergency medical services, transit facilities, security gates,
parking garage gates, and other commercial applications. Contact
us
today to discuss which style of
four-fold or bi-fold doors will best fit your application!

Signs Your Garage Door Needs Service

We use our garage doors every day, but rarely do we take the
time to examine and inspect their condition and performance. Sadly, we tend to focus
our attention on our garage doors only when they stop working or something goes
wrong. The good news is – this is preventable! By performing frequent
inspections, you can determine whether your garage doors are still functioning
properly and safely. So, don’t wait until something goes wrong. Be vigilant and
look for these 3 signs to see if your garage door needs to be serviced.

Won’t Open or Close

This is the most obvious sign that your garage door needs to
be inspected. There are various reasons for why it’s no longer opening or
closing properly; faulty wiring, misaligned sensors, and more. Before one of
our professional technicians arrives, be sure to double check that nothing is
in the way of the sensors or blocking the door. Sometimes if an item is in the
way of the sensors, your door will not operate properly.

Slow Response Time

Feel like your garage door is taking forever to open or
close? Typically, your garage door should begin to open or close within a
second or two after you pressed the opener or entered your code. If you observe
any delay in the operation, it might indicate that something is wrong with your
door or with the opener, and a few drops of
penetrating oil may make all the difference!

Making a Lot of Noise

A noisy garage door is the result of loose hardware, worn
rollers, or the garage door opener itself. There are simple fixes, but to avoid
the last-minute urgent services, it is better to keep your ears open to the
noise coming from the garage door that seems unusual to you. Don’t worry
though, no matter if it’s day or night, we have 24/7 emergency garage door
service technicians
that can help!

If your garage door isn’t working properly, our team of
garage door professionals here at A1
Door Company
are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for your free estimate
today!

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